On March 24, voting takes place in the British Protectorate of Uganda for a new Legislative Council.
On March 24, voting takes place in the British Protectorate of Uganda for a new Legislative Council. It is Uganda's first election on a common roll and, for the first time there will be an overwhelming African majority on the council. There are 198 candidates in 82 constituencies.
One of the most colourful personalities in the General Election is candidate Daudi Ocheng. Formerly Deputy Minister of Finance, he resigned recently to take part in the election as an independent. He showed the touch of a clever campaigner Mar. 19, as he attracted a crowd by distributing sweets to the local children in his Kampala constituency.
Mr. Ocheng - known as the "genial giant" - said he was standing as an independent to stress two issues: how to solve Uganda's constitutional difficulties, and how to tackle questions of citizenship in order that members of immigrant communities who choose can become citizens of Uganda.
The main contest in the coming elections is between the two main parties; the Democratic Party and the Uganda People's Congress. But there are enough additional candidates in the running to make it an open battle in many constituencies.
Some report the election as having an air of unreality as less than 4 per cent of the population of Buganda which announced its secession from the other three provinces on December 31, 1960 - had registered for the election.
The election is one of three steps outlined by British Colonial Secretary Macleod to take Uganda along the road of constitutional development this year. A Relationships Committee is at present taking evidence regarding the future of the Protectorate and, based on their report, a constitutional conference was expected to take place in London during the Summer.